The Final—Maybe Last—Straw

straw banBy Catherine J. Frompovich

With just about everyone in food services and food distribution tripping over themselves about plastic straws, which they should have done ages ago, there now comes a new problem to affect individual rights. Those are the rights of incapacitated individuals who actually NEED straws to drink liquids.

Personally, I’ve said since the late 1970s that plastics would kill us! Maybe that was a little dramatic for back then, but what science tells us now about plastics being endocrine disruptors [1] is not off the mark.

So what do people do who need straws.

Well, the other day, while shopping at my local co-op of which I am a proud member, I saw a pack of four stainless steel straws with brush cleaner, which sold for $4.99.

What a great gift idea, I thought, the next time one needs a gift for someone.

However, there is an online website where several brands of stainless steel straws are listed, which consumers may be interested in researching.

However, I hope non-plastic, paper straws will be mainstreamed again, just like the ones we had when I was a kid. Those paper straws worked fine, but did not pollute you, the drink nor the environment. Those types of straws can be used in restaurants, fast food joints, and everywhere straws are needed in food services, i.e., nursing homes, hospitals, etc., as that’s what was used before plastics overtook and contaminated people and the environment.

Some paper straws still are manufactured. Aardvark paper straws are 100% FDA food-grade approved, biodegradable and compostable.

Aardvark creates flexible, customizable, durable and biodegradable paper straws that decompose in just 45-90 days. [2]

Since we finally understand the problems with plastic straws, now let’s take on plastic food containers, Styrofoam food containers, and plastic food storage containers. Personally, I purchase food in glass containers then re-use those containers to store food in my refrigerator or dry beans, etc. in kitchen cabinets.

Let’s make food plastics passé!




Proposed California law to limit plastic straw use passes Assembly, moves to state Senate

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008).

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